Author: Sarah Dessen
Summary from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She’s stuck with a dull-as-dishwater job at the library. And she’ll spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her father’s recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mother’s open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about, the work and the people. But the best thing about Wish is Wes—artistic, insightful, and understanding Wes—who gets Macy to look at life in a whole new way, and really start living it.
Short disclaimer before this review… like so often, I need to be more diligent in doing my reviews as soon as I finish the book. The other problem that I had with this review is that I have read another Sarah Dessen book since this one, and so things might blend a little bit in my mind. Please forgive me for that.
I love Sarah Dessen. She is one of my favorite author’s EVER. I love her works. I love how they all take place (for the most part) in the same town. It makes it all that much more real to me. It makes me feel like I am viewing snapshots of the lives of various people who live in this town.
When we are first introduced to the character of Macy Queen, we see a introverted girl who is 100% dedicated to her boyfriend and the “plan” that they have made. She credits him with having patience with her and explaining things so that she can understand it. He is a brainiac and “intellectually superior to her” and so because of that, she melds her life to his. His friends are hers. He activities are hers. When he leaves for the summer, she covers for him at his job. She doesn’t have any friends of her own, much less a life of her own.
One night at a party her mother threw, she fell into a job with this catering company. They are totally disorganized and different than the atmosphere of the library. At first she just works for the catering company when she can, but as soon as the job is over, she returns home and studies and follows her perfectly planned life.
Then one day, she dares to sign a letter to her boyfriend “love, Macy” and he freaks out and says that he needs space. That she is expecting too much from him. This leads her decide on the spur of the moment to go out with the group from catering after a job one night. This leads to a total evolution of Macy into her own person. She isn’t following everyone else’s plan for her life, but her own.
Watching the evolution of Macy Queen into a new person was one of the best things about this novel. It was great to watch. In addition, the back store about her family learning how to cope with the death of her father several years prior was great. It was very realistic.
This was another great novel from Sarah Dessen and I highly recommend it. It wasn’t my absolute favorite of Sarah Dessen’s, but it was one of my favorites.
Have you read this book by Sarah Dessen? Any of her others? What did you think?